Turks commemorate their Leader. 81 years since the death of Atatürk

Turks commemorate their Leader. 81 years since the death of Atatürk

Turkey is commemorating Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Founder of the Republic of Turkey, who passed away 81 years ago. Every year, all of Turkey observes a moment of silence on November 10 to honor Atatürk’s memory. At 9:05, sirens go off across the country. Everyone stops and keeps silence for a minute, remembering Atatürk and his accomplishments. Many people lay flowers and wreaths at Atatürk’s memorials. This is memorial day, which they have learned and practiced since the first days of school. They know that everything that surrounds them in one way or another is indirectly or directly related to the name of the first President, the founder of the Republic. Their gratitude for his great contribution to Turkish independence and sovereignty is so huge, that on this day they cannot express it in words – only in a respectful silence.

Sometimes it appears that every year the Turks, though accustomed to doing so, are rethinking the legacy of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. One can endlessly enumerate his merits to his homeland, or one can recall his international contribution to the prosperity of his country. But what does it seem is the connection between domestic and foreign policy in this case?


The fact is that, as a wise leader, Atatürk foresaw many international cataclysms and assumed that the big wars still ahead. He did not doubt that Turkey and the Turks would take their rightful place in the world only if education and neutrality were allowed to develop. The Turkish leader was well aware that the Ottoman Empire could have been preserved if the sultan and his government had remained neutral in World War I. Kurtuluş Savaşı’s war of independence could have been avoided, if Osman choose a more peaceful policy, guided by the international principle that Atatürk expressed in his famous phrase “Peace in your country – peace in the world” (“Yurtta Sulh Cihanda Sulh”).

Meanwhile, today we hear more and more often calls to revise the international heritage of the great President Kemal Atatürk. Nationalists and radicals believe that Turkey has not reached the limits of the “Mîsâk-ı Millî” pact, according to which Atatürk and his associates led the national liberation movement. According to this pact, adopted by the last Ottoman parliament before its dissolution, part of the territories of Syria and Iraq (in particular, oil-bearing Mosul and Kirkuk) rightfully belong to the Republic of Turkey. The revisionists often fail to take into account many of the international circumstances in which Turkey was at that time, let alone those in which it is now.

The revisionists have ceased to think about the true meaning and significance of independence. They do not fully understand what it is based on. We live in a fragile world in which we should not throw stones. It is much better to win the hearts and minds of our neighbors and sometimes even of our opponents. “War is a crime if the nation is not facing real danger,” pointed out Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

The task of the international forces, who stay behind the U.S. and its allies, is to drag Turkey into their adventures, which can only cause losses for the Turkish people. It is symptomatic that today they and their terrorists control some of the territories that are part of the “National Oath”.

The editorial team of United World International has no doubts: The Turkish people will have the wisdom and endurance to pass these trials, not to get involved in any international adventures, which are set up as traps around the country.

We are also confident that we want to remember with respect, gratitude and love, together with you and our readers, the great leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who still guides us with his wisdom.

Aziz Atatürk Ruhun şad olsun!

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April 2024